A friend of mine had loan me A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers when we first moved here. Not until a week ago did I start reading it. Wow, this has been one of the most gripping books I've ever read. Set about 30 years after the crucifixion of Jesus, a young Jewish Christian (Jew by race, Christian beliefs), Hadassah, who survived the destruction of Jerusalem and was sent to Rome as a slave. She ended up in the Valerian home, the richest merchant family in Rome. The book is about her and the family she tends. The parents are traditionalists in the eyes of Rome where their son (Marcus) and daughter (Julia) are all about their own pleasures and living for the day. Hadassah is believed to be a Jew by her owners because otherwise she might be sent to the arena to die. She plants seeds often among the family about her faith. The story deals with murder, abortion, idol worship, witchcraft and various forms of sexual depravity. I could not believe how the story ended and realized there were two more books of the series. Lucky for me my friend has the other two. I started on the next book as soon as I got it.
The second book in the series (Mark of the Lion) An Echo in the Darkness is centered around Marcus' journey to Palestine to find Hadassah's God as well as the illness Julia's consumed by. I can not give anymore information other than that because it would completely spoil the first books' ending. In summing up, I'd say the meaning behind this book is God's forgiveness regardless of what horrible sins you may have committed in your life. Very moving. I was so enamored by these books, I was able to get through them both this past week. I'm looking forward to reading the third once I get my hands on it.
What's on your nightstand? Or, have you read any good books lately?